Egypt´s Anti-Mubarak Law Disqualifies Yet Another Candidate (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/25/12)
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Egypt’s election commission on Tuesday disqualified an ex-premier
from running for president, The Associated Press reported.
Ahmed Shafiq, who was former President Hosni Mubarak´s prime minister
during the 18-day uprising last year, was disqualified because of a
law, passed on Monday, that bans senior officials from the Mubarak
regime from running for office.
The disqualification is the latest twist in an already turbulent
process aimed at replacing Mubarak. The commission has already nixed
10 other candidates on technical grounds, including three of the
The law, which was approved Monday by Egypt´s military rulers after
being passed by the Islamist-dominated parliament, bans senior
Mubarak-era officials who served in the past 10 years from running
The law was aimed at Shafiq as well as at Omar Suleiman, who was
Mubarak´s longtime spy chief and was named vice president at the end
of his reign. Suleiman, however, had already been disqualified on
other grounds before the law was ratified.
Along with Suleiman, the commission disqualified ultraconservative
Islamist Hazem Abu Ismail and Muslim Brotherhood chief strategist
Khairat el-Shater. The Brotherhood, which clinched the majority in
recent parliamentary elections, has announced a backup candidate,
Mohammed Morsi. The first round of voting is set for May 23-24.
AP reported that before the decision, Shafiq´s campaign issued a
statement calling the new law “a shame and a constitutional sin” that
will cast a shadow over the elections because it targets individuals.
With the decision to disqualify Shafiq, the leading non-Islamist
candidate is now Amr Moussa, who served as Egypt´s foreign minister
under Mubarak and in 2001 moved over to head the Arab League.
Earlier this week, Moussa said Egypt is facing daunting challenges
and presented his decades as a senior government official as a prime
reason to vote for him and not an Islamist. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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